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Go to Sleep, Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

Published by HarperFestival (A division of Harper Collins Children’s)

Pages: 16

Ages: 2-5

Publishers Summary: This is Russell.

Sometimes Russell is just a little bit out of step with the rest of the flock.

All the sheep are falling asleep — except Russell.

What’s a sheep to do?

Russell tries everything … until, at last, he falls asleep.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “I’m back! Did you miss me? I know it’s been a little while since I reviewed anything, but I had to take a breather. Besides, I’ve got quite a few new books coming up with reviews you’ll have to read! But for now…grab a snack and snuggle in with some comfy pj’s, because you’ll love this next book!

“Russell is a guy that I can relate to. He can’t sleep! I can’t sleep! I mean, come on, there’s so much to do and if I sleep, who knows what I could miss out on?! You know? I’ve got to think about my trains with that new set-up I wanted, the rocket ship I want to build and then of course all the books I want to get reading. If I fell asleep that would all go away, I just know it!

“But I guess we all need a break, right? Russell tries all sorts of things, he makes sure it’s dark, but then it’s too dark. Then he thinks he might be too hot, but ends up too cold. His hat even gets messed up he tries so hard! Haha! So how do you get to sleep when you just can’t seem to get settled in? Russell finally does the best thing ever, counts sheep! It’s perfect! I love to count! My favorite number right now happens to be 18, but that’s besides the point. By the time he gets to the end, he’s sound asleep with his froggy friend and I’m just about there myself.”

Mom’s Two Cents: “Absolutely, the Turkeybird is a number 18 fanatic! I think every time we read this he ends on 18, though the sheep only go to 10. It’s great! One of the best parts of having read this book to the Turkeybird over the last six months or so is to see how he’s changed. When we first started to read it he definitely knew his numbers already, but they were often jumbled up and not always in the right order. Now he goes all the way up to 18 and then some. It’s fabulous to see the progress he’s making and how he is always learning.

“As for Rob Scotton, the illustrator and author, his art is wonderful! Russell the Sheep as well as his Splat the Cat series are beautiful and definitely enjoyable for both parents and children alike.

“This is perfect for little guys and gals in need of a great before bed book. As well, a wonderful book for beginning counters. The Turkeybird, and now Littlebug, have been loving this book recently, especially Russell’s ziggy zaggy hat! If you’re looking for a great laugh with a little bit of education thrown in, Russell is a sure thing. Both you and the kiddos will absolutely love Russell the Sheep.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 1 and up. Perfect before bed and for beginning counters. Also, a wonderful book for interacting with little ones.

For the Comments: Do you have a favorite “before bedtime” book? We’d love suggestions!

DON’T MISS: Activities to do with Russell the Sheep:
Count Sheep with Russell

As a special treat we are offering one copy of Go to Sleep, Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton, the board book edition, to one lucky winner!

Details: One winner will be chosen at random after the contest closes. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Must be a follower of There’s A Book. Giveaway is open internationally. The giveaway will run from June 23, 2010 until July 10, 2010 midnight EST.

This contest is currently closed and the winner will be announced shortly. Thank you again to all who entered, please make sure to check our Giveaways Page frequently for new opportunities to win!

This book was purchased for our home library.
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11 Responses to Book Review: Go to Sleep, Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton with Giveaway

  1. Our absolute, favorite bedtime story in our house is Sandra Boynton’s “The Going to Bed Book”. It is an absolute delight to read to little ones before bed!
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway – this looks like a wonderful book for bedtime!!!

    • I think my kids are the only one’s on the planet who just never got into Sandra Boynton. I don’t know what it is, but when they see the books, they push them aside. It’s so sad!

      You are so so welcome!

  2. Christie says:

    This sounds like a really cute book.

    My kids love “The Going to Bed Book” too. Another favorite is “Ten Apples Up On Top”. My favorites are “Moo Ba La La La” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”.

  3. Adorable review. I love it 🙂

  4. Christinabean says:

    Thanks for the review! We love to read –

    I love you Through and Through – Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
    Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
    Where’s Spot – Eric Hill

  5. Courtney says:

    I love the Russell books, I can’t wait until William is old enough to understand them, as a librarian I always loved them for storytime!

    Thanks for the review,

  6. TRACY HEYER says:

    Thanks for share about this book. The kids would love it.

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